Learn names and functions of interface elements.
- [Narrator] Beginning the chapter on the 3ds Max Interface, let's take a quick tour of the interface elements and learn the names of those various elements and their functions. We'll begin with the main menu up here at the top. And it's a standard menu. For example, we can go into the Create menu. We can see that there's a cascading menu structure with different items organized into categories. However, unlike some programs, the 3ds Max main menu is not very complete.
There are many items and many commands that are not accessible through the main menus. And a lot of that stuff is going to be found over here in this so-called Command panel on the right hand side of the interface. And the Command panel is divided into six subpanels. We have the Create panel, Modify, Hierarchy, Motion, Display, and Utilities. And these are all very important, but most importantly are the Create and Modify panels.
You'll spend a lot of time over here in the Command panel because it's really the heart of 3ds Max. In the center of the screen, we have the viewports, and we have the four viewport layout currently with the top, front, left and perspective view. We can change the viewport layouts in a couple of different ways. One of them is from this tool bar over here on the left side and that's called the Viewport Panel Tab toolbar. We'll look at that a little bit later when we customize the interface.
Next to that is an outline view of all of the objects in your scene, and that's called the Scene Explorer. Above the Scene Explorer but below the main toolbar is an area called the Ribbon, and it's minimized by default. We can expand it by clicking on the button that's labeled Show Full Ribbon, and then that will open up. And within here, we have a lot of tools, primarily for modeling. And since we have nothing in our scene yet, we don't have a lot of options on the Ribbon.
We can collapse that Ribbon once again just by clicking the button to minimize it. At the bottom of the screen, we have Animation tools. We have the time slider and the timeline. And that allows us to identify what time we are at, or what frame we're on. And currently I'm on frame zero out of 100, and I can drag that time slider to go to a different point in time. There are controls for the transport for animation. Here we have playback, rewind and so on. And we also have some keyframe options here.
We can create keys automatically or manually. And then in the far right, the lower right corner, we have some viewport navigation controls we'll look at later. Then also in the middle here of this bottom section of the interface, is a Transform Type-In area where we can enter in coordinate values or angular values in order to position, rotate or scale objects in the scene. So that's a basic overview of the 3ds Max Interface.
AuthorAaron F. Ross
Learn how to get around the 3ds Max interface and customize it to suit your preferences. Discover how to model different objects using splines, polygons, subdivision surfaces, and freeform sculpting. Then, learn to construct hierarchies, add cameras and lights, and animate with keyframes. Author Aaron F. Ross also takes an in-depth look at materials and texture mapping, as well as options for rendering engines such as Arnold and ART.
- Customizing the interface
- Selecting, duplicating, and editing objects
- Modeling with splines
- Parametric modeling with the Modifier Stack
- Polygon and subdivision surface modeling
- Freeform sculpting
- Framing shots with cameras
- Lighting with photometrics and daylight
- Building materials
- Mapping textures
- Linking objects in hierarchies
- Creating and editing keyframes
- Rendering an image sequence
Skill Level Intermediate
3ds Max 2017: Advanced Materialswith Aaron F. Ross2h 34m Intermediate
3ds Max 2018 Essential Trainingwith Aaron F. Ross10h 10m Beginner
2. 3ds Max Interface
3. Scene Layout
4. Spline Modeling
5. Parametric Modeling with Modifiers
6. Polygon Modeling
7. Subdivision Surface Modeling
8. Freeform Modeling
9. Camera Techniques
12. Mapping Textures
14. Keyframe Animation
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